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Richard Keith Lantz
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Richard Keith “Dick” Lantz, 76, of Harrisonburg died March 2, 2018, after a courageous battle with heart disease. Dick was born January 19, 1942, in Lancaster, PA, and was the eldest of six children born to the late Elam G. and Iva Yoder Lantz.

In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois M. Graybill, whom he married April 20, 1963, and who died of cancer Sept 28, 1964, at age 21.

Dick was drafted in 1965 and served his Alternative Service requirements by working in Honduras with the Mennonite Voluntary Service program from June 1965 – Aug 1967.

After returning to the States, he met his wife of 49 years, Pearl L. Snader, whom he married Nov 28, 1968, on Thanksgiving Day. In addition to his wife, Dick is survived by their two children: Doug Lantz married to Gwen, and Heidi Lantz-Trissel married to Jonathan; four beloved grandchildren: Andrew Lantz, Lena Lantz-Trissel, Jesse Lantz-Trissel, and Joel Lantz, all of Harrisonburg. Also surviving are five siblings: Mervin Lantz of AZ, Elam Lantz, Jr. of FL, Lois Sauder of PA, Judy Hershey of PA, and Reba King of IL.

In 1960, Dick graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School and later attended Lancaster Business College, Lancaster School of the Bible, and Millersville State College. After his marriage to Pearl, they moved to Honduras where they served as Interim VS Director Couple in 1970 – 1971. In 1971, they moved to Harrisonburg for Dick to complete his education at Eastern Mennonite College (now EMU), where he graduated in 1974 with a BA in Business Administration.

Dick’s work history involved various business ventures: partnership with his Dad in Lantz Builders & Son, Lancaster, PA; later, 29 years at Shenandoah Manufacturing, Harrisonburg, VA, and retiring from there in 2000 as Vice President of Marketing; and most recently in partnership with his son Doug at Lantz Custom Woodworking where he retired in 2012. He and his wife, Pearl, also owned an apartment business, NOLAN Associates, for many years. Dick’s business acumen, ability to work well with others, respect for customers, fairness, and his talent for “fixing most anything” served him well in work settings.

Dick has been a life-long member of the Mennonite Church. As a child, he attended Maple Grove Mennonite Church, later Ridgeview Mennonite Church, then Ridgeway Mennonite Church, and most recently Harrisonburg Mennonite Church where he and Pearl have been involved for the past 25 years and been active members of the SALT Discipleship Community. Dick also served in various community and church-related positions through the years. One he especially enjoyed was the Virginia Mennonite Mission Board where he served for 10 years and as chair part of that time.

Some of Dick’s interests included: guitar playing and music, sports, walking, reading, travel, support for church and community programs, work, and of course, family and friends. During retirement years, he and Pearl particularly enjoyed traveling with family and friends to varied places, both state-side and overseas.

Dick will be remembered for many things, but most of all for his love of family and friends, his gentle spirit, kindness, integrity, and faith in God. He is sorely missed!

A Memorial Service will be held Sat, March 10, at 11:00 a.m. at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church (HMC). The family will receive friends on Fri, March 9, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the HMC Fellowship Hall.

The family wishes to thank staff from First Choice Hospice and Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community for their care and support during Dick’s illness. Memorial contributions may be made to Virginia Mennonite Missions, 601 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22802; First Choice Hospice, 370 Neff Avenue, Suite P, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; or VMRC Good Samaritan Fund, 1501 Virginia Ave, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Burial will be private. Funeral arrangements by Johnson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Harrisonburg Mennonite Church

1552 South High Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Visitation will be held in the HMC fellowship hall.

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Harrisonburg Mennonite Church

1552 South High Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

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VMRC Good Samaritan Fund

1501 VIrginia Avenue
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Virginia Mennonite Missions

601 Parkwood Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

First Choice Hospice

370 Neff Avenue, Suite P
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

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